The City operates and maintains its own water treatment plant facility. This facility operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – it never shuts down. At its present site, the first generation water plant was constructed and commissioned in 1951. Major expansions occurred in 1968 and 1981. Most of the basic components of the original 1951 plant are still being utilized – as well the facilities from the 1968 and 1981 expansions. The implemented a processing facility in 2008 that employs membrane technology to treat its water supply. This facility yields 7.1 million gallons of drinking water of very high quality daily. However, the old facilities remains in operation as an important component in the treatment process.
Sustaining these old and new facilities for reliable 24 hour operation requires perpetual maintenance and repair. It is the Water Plant Maintenance Division that performs these duties. The water plant is composed of a wide variety of mechanical and electrical equipment. Although staffed by only three positions, this division possesses a broad range of practical skills to address these demands.
The Water Distribution Services section installs, maintains and repairs the main water lines that transmit the City's drinking water. If water main work is scheduled, the area which will be without water service for a period of time is given ample notice of such. The Water Distribution Services section is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the City's water infrastructure, which supplies water to all City residents and businesses. The City's distribution system is comprised of 81 miles of various-sized water mains, service lines, valves, water meters and fire hydrants.
Water Lines Maintenance
At times, water main lines may crack or break and emergency shutdown of water is required without advance notice. Another emergency which may occur is a service line break. If the water has been shut off and your meter is still running, it is your responsibility to contact a plumber to locate the break which is not on the City's side of the line.
This section also installs fire hydrants as needed. The purpose of this section is to provide and maintain water flow and fire protection throughout the City.
The Wastewater Services section installs, maintains and repairs the sewer collection system that transmits the City's wastewater to the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Hollywood. This section ensures sanitary collection and transmission of all wastewater to the City of Hollywood for treatment. It provides preventive maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation to 16 lift stations and 72 miles of sewer lines and force mains.
The Wastewater Services section strives to ensure equipment and component longevity, thus reducing down time and capital cost, as well as preventing infiltration of ground water into the sewer system. As a result, sewage treatment costs are reduced. Sewage is transmitted by means of gravity mains and force mains, which operate through lift stations. There are continuous safety programs which operate to ensure safe, non-hazardous transmission of sewage as a means of protecting the community and the environment.
The Stormwater Services section cleans, installs and maintains the City's storm water drainage system which is comprised of approximately 3,000 drains and 42 miles of stormwater drainage. This section also maintains numerous pump stations. This Division also ensures that storm drains are kept clean and oversees the continuous monitoring, sampling, testing and survey work to comply with mandatory Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards set forth by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations.
The storm drains serve the purpose of alleviating flooding. From the storm drain, the water disperses into canals, lakes or into the ground.
Street Maintenance is responsible for maintaining all City-owned streets. Its duties include street repairs and rehabilitation, making cuts for installation of utility lines or pipes, replacing or repairing informational signs, repairing or replacing City-maintained sidewalks and gutters, and installing and repairing street banners city-wide. Street Maintenance also services the street lights that are owned by the City. To report a streetlight issue please follow this link to the MyHB website or download the App. If you are reporting an issue pertaining to a traffic sign or a traffic light, the Broward County Traffic Division should be contacted at (954) 484-9600. All other inquiries should be directed to the Department of Public Works at (954) 457-1616. You may also report your concerns (potholes, street lights out etc) online at the MyHB websiteor on your phone by downloading the MyHB app.
The Water Production Services section is responsible for producing potable drinking water for consumption by the residents of Hallandale Beach. This section operates 24 hours per day to produce a water quality that complies with regulatory standards and in quantities sufficient to fulfill domestic, industrial and fire-fighting demands.
The City of Hallandale Beach operates its own water treatment plant facility. The City's original treatment plant was constructed in its present location in 1951. Major plant expansions have occurred in 1968 and again in 1981.
In 2008 the City put into operation a state of the art Nanofiltration water treatment plant. This method operates in the pressure range of 90 to 100 PSI. Its purpose is to remove organic color from the untreated water as well as some degree of softening. The plant has a 6 MGD capacity with two membrane skids. One skid is used at a time treating 3 MGD on a constant rotational basis every other day. This plant effluent is blended with the lime softened effluent from the original lime treatment plants to produce a balanced water effluent of 6MGD. These water plants provide potable water for all services within the boundaries of the City.
The American Water Works Association - Region 6- awarded the City the Best Tasting Drinking Water Award for 2010; a recognition of great prestige and value given that it was obtained after only 2 years of the Nanofiltration plant's being in operation.
Water for the City's treatment facility is supplied by groundwater. The Biscayne Aquifer is presently the sole resource for the City's water supply. The production wells that supply the City with ground water are all approximately 100 feet deep. Two wellfields supply the City with untreated well water. One, the City's own wellfield, comprised of four wells and two, Broward County's Regional Wellfield located in Brian Piccolo Park.
The City's present water treatment process consists of lime softening, filtration, fluoridation, and disinfection. The existing plant's production capacity is 10.0 million gallons per day. Average daily consumption by the City is currently about 6.0 million gallons. For reserve capacity, and for fighting fires, there is 4.0 million gallons of ground storage located at the water plant compound. The City also has an elevated storage tank.
The City's water plant is staffed by state certified water treatment plant operators 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. The operators continually monitor the treatment process to assure the City's drinking water is safe for human consumption. The operators also manage flows entering the plant and water pressure leaving the plant to assure there is sufficient water for public health and firefighting.
The City tests its water supply in compliance with local, state and federal guidelines. The City is required by law to notify the public should there be a potential violation of drinking water standards that affects public health. Each year, the City issues a Water Quality Report to all billed customers. This report reflects the quality of the City’s drinking water based on testing conducted the prior year.